Northamptonshire County Council’s director of finance has today (Tuesday) issued a second Section 114 notice due to the ongoing financial crisis facing the authority.
In a letter to councillors the director Mark McLaughlin outlines the challenges facing the council including a potential budget shortfall in this current financial year of £60m - £70m.
An extraordinary Full Council meeting will now be held next month to discuss a set of spending priorities in light of the spending controls.
The decision to issue a Section 114 notice was made in discussion with the Government-appointed commissioners.
County council leader Cllr Matthew Golby said: “The financial challenge facing Northamptonshire County Council remains critical and the spending controls we have in place are vital to ensure we are focusing our limited funding on only the most essential services.
“At the meeting next month, we as a council will discuss a set of priorities built around delivering statutory services and services for the most vulnerable in our communities, and this means there will be difficult decisions that have to be made.
“We remain committed to doing everything we can to identify the savings required to reach a more stable financial position whilst ensuring those in our communities at risk of harm are protected.”
The extraordinary Full Council meeting will take place on Wednesday 1 August at 5.30pm. A further meeting of the Full Council will meet later in the month specifically to discuss the Section 114 notice.